a person whose profession is inspecting and auditing personal or commercial accounts.

1425–75; account + -ant; replacing late Middle English accomptant < Middle French, Old French acuntant, present participle of acunter to account

accountantship, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To accountant
World English Dictionary
accountant (əˈkaʊntənt)
a person concerned with the maintenance and audit of business accounts and the preparation of consultant reports in tax and finance

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

mid-15c., "one who renders accounts," from O.Fr. acuntant (Mod.Fr. accomptant), from prp. of accompter (see account). Sense of "professional maker of accounts" is recorded from 1530s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
The traditional way to snare them is to hire an accountant to scrutinise
  accounts for anomalies.
She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in
  various locations.
The incentives change from year to year, so it is important to check with a tax
He's taking the approach of a revolutionary reformer, but with the arguments of
  a number-crunching accountant.
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature